Kunzea ericoides   kanuka

Life Form:
Tree or shrub. Usually growing up to 10 metres

Flowers Seeds Dispersal:
Kanuka trees are covered in masses of tiny white flowers at Christmas time. These flowers turn to tiny capsules in the late summer, releasing to the wind large quantities of minute seeds

Forest margins and regenerating forest. Requires plenty of sunlight. Kanuka seedlings will not grow in the shade of the parents. Kanuka is a relative of manuka but is distinguished by the small leaves without a sharp point. Another distinguishing feature is the much smaller flowers and tiny seed capsules which release all their seeds shortly after maturing, in contrast to manuka which have mature unopened capsules sometimes for several years